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India's first indigenous aircraft carrier, lead ship of the new Vikrant-class will be launched on August 12 in Kochi. The ceremony will be presided over by Defence Minister AK Antony's wife Elizabeth. The ship is scheduled for commissioning into service towards the end of 2018.
This picture of an impression of the ship was at a briefing on the programme and other warship projects held today by the navy (which I sadly missed because I was chained to the studio).
The Vikrant-class ship will sport the Indo-Israeli LR-SAM (Barak-8), which will also arm the P-15A (Kolkata-class) destroyers, the first of which are to enter service next year.